Surendra Sharma

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Saturday, October 1, 2016

How to use Visual Studio 2013 for Sitecore 8.2




I received Sitecore 8.2 EXE file and was trying my hand with new features of Sitecore 8.2. I created web project in Visual Studio 2013 with .NET framework 4.5. I copied Sitecore.Kernel.dll and Sitecore.Client.dll from Sitecore 8.2 bin folder and included their reference in my web project.

I write below test code and at design time it looks fine to me. 

Design Time Code
Design Time Code


But when tried to compile it, VS started to giving me error “The type or namespace name 'Sitecore' could not be found (are you missing a using directive or an assembly reference?)” as

Compile Time Errors
Compile Time Errors


I was trying to figure it out what is the problem and how to fix it?

Problem:

I check .NET framework version for my VS project and it was set as 4.5 as

Target Framework 4.5
Target Framework 4.5

Then I check the version of Sitecore 8.2 installed instance in its web.config file which showing it as 4.5.2 as


Sitecore Instance Version
Sitecore Instance Version


So I was referring higher version of DLL in lower version of .NET framework Visual Studio project which obviously not allowed by any framework.

How to fix it?

We have to create our web project in .net framework 4.5.2 or higher version.

From where to download?

  • Right click web project in Visual Studio
  • Select “Properties
  • Select “Installed other frameworks…” from target framework dropdown list as
 
Install Other frameworks
Install Other frameworks
 
  • This action redirects you to framework download page.
  • Download appropriate .NET framework according to your Visual Studio version. I select Visual Studio 2013 and downloaded Developer framework pack 4.5.2 and 4.6.2 as
 
Targeting .NET Platforms
Targeting .NET Platforms


Post Download steps:

  • I installed first framework 4.5.2 and then framework 4.6.2.
  • I change my Visual Studio project version from 4.5 to 4.5.2.

Dot net framework 4.5.2
Dot net framework 4.5.2
 
  • Ignore Visual studio warning on framework version change. 
  • This action include web.config file in our web project. 
  • Note:- Make sure to delete this new web.config file otherwise on build this config file replace our web.config file in publish folder which crash your Sitecore instance.
  • Build the solution.
 
OMG my project is compile successfully now and I am able to get required result in Sitecore 8.2 :)

Conclusion:

If you have Visual Studio 2013 and want to work with Sitecore 8.2, make sure you have created your web project in .NET framework 4.5.2 or higher.
 
This is another Sitecore learning lesson for me. Please leave your comments or share this learning lesson if it’s useful for you.

2 comments:

  1. That a amazing information about the How to use Visual Studio 2013 for Sitecore 8.2. you articles is so help full for the studio person. all the studio are workout with the help of computer. some of people can use tricks in computer

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  2. Thank you so much, I had the same issue and it was resolved after following your step

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